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DIY Tips to Prevent Pest Infestations

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No matter how hard you try, it seems like you just can’t keep pests from finding their way into your home. Don’t worry - you’re not alone! Pests find their way into your home in search of food, water, and shelter, and they can get inside through even the tiniest cracks and holes.

If you’re looking for do it yourself tips for keeping pests from making your home their own, we've got you covered! Check out our list:

Seal Entry Points

First, complete a visual inspection to see where you think pests may be entering your home. Check window screens for holes and repair as needed. Over time, your weather stripping gets worn down and torn, providing easy access for pests to enter. Install new door sweeps and caulk windows as necessary. Check your home’s exterior, too! Seal visible gaps between trim and house siding.

Clean, Clean, Clean!

Pests love our homes because we provide them with their basic needs for survival. Eliminating their access to food can reduce your risk of infestation. Keep food in the kitchen and dining room to avoiding dropping crumbs and food residue throughout your home. Wiping your counters and sweeping daily will ensure pests won’t be attracted to the mess your family left behind after their own meal. You should also keep all food sealed and properly stored in your pantry or cabinets.

Stay Dry

Excess water poses two risks when it comes to pests - they both drink the water as well as use it as a breeding ground. Don’t provide pests with the resources they need to thrive in your home. A sink full of dirty dishes and standing water is an obvious culprit, but there are other areas of your home that offer the moisture pests are looking for. You should regularly check your pipes beneath your bathroom or kitchen sink to make sure they aren’t leaky or dripping water. Areas like basements and garages can be damp and inviting, so use a humidifier in those spaces to eliminate excess water.

Still Seeing Pests? Call in the Pros!

If you’ve done all you can to keep pests at bay but you’re still finding them throughout your home, it might be time to hand it over to the professionals. Some pest infestation require skills and resources that homeowners like you might not have - but that’s okay! Bel-O Pest Solutions is proud to offer affordable pest control options for our community. If you’re tired of battling bugs, let us take over. We’ll get rid of pests and then keep them out for good!

 

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